Did you know that some people can guess your approximate age just by looking at your hands? Do your hands give away your true age? The skin on our hands needs the same loving care we give our facial skin. Our hands start out smooth and wrinkle-free and then slowly start to show signs of age as we get older. The production of collagen slows way down and the skin gets thinner and more fragile. You may even start to see veins and wrinkles on the backs of the hands and wrists.
What Causes Hand Wrinkles?
Normal aging causes wrinkles and fine lines on our face and hands. A few other causes that also contribute are dry skin, sun exposure and the use of chemicals. What we put on our skin affects the body just as much as what we put in it. A diet lacking in sufficient calories and fat will make hair and skin dry and flaky. The hair needs nutrients to cause it to look shiny and healthy; no amount of product will make your hair look good if it is unhealthy. The same is true of just putting lotion on hands. It may make the skin look smooth due to the moisture from the lotion but it will be short-lived. If you want to minimize the look of hand wrinkles then you need to work from the inside out.
Eat a nutritious diet and do not fall for the diet fads that claim to lose x-number of pounds per week. It is not good to lose weight quickly although we’d prefer it. It takes time for the skin to stretch when you gain weight so it makes sense that it needs time to return to its former size. Eat good food, drink a quart of water a day and get 8 to 10 hours of sleep a night for optimum health.
Tips for Minimizing the Look of Lines and Wrinkles
While these suggestions do not remove wrinkles they do hydrate and moisturize the skin making wrinkles less noticeable. If you follow the suggestions above you should be well on your way to younger looking hands.
Sun Exposure. Avoid the sun during the peak hours between 10am and 3pm. The sun’s rays are the strongest and sunburn can occur quickly. Always use sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher when going outdoors.
Dry Skin. Avoid over-dryness by wearing gloves when washing dishes and using any type of cleaning solution. Hands that are submerged in water for long periods not only get waterlogged but the chemical agents can irritate sensitive skin causing dryness and itching. Also, if you are a health care professional and wash your hands many times per day be sure to use a water-based lotion that draws the moisture into the skin and absorbs quickly.
Wind Burn. Wear gloves or mittens in winter to protect your hands from wind burn. Cold air and wind speed can irritate the skin on your hands if not protected. Do not forget that you can get sunburned even in the winter due to the sun’s reflection off of snow. People assume that because it is winter that the sun’s rays are not as strong as they are in summer.
Treat Your Hands to a Spa Day. Those wonderful paraffin wax hands spas are great for relaxing and softening the skin on the hands. The warm wax melts and creates a protective coating on the hands that is removed once the wax has cooled and dried. The skin is now soft and ready for a good hand lotion or wrinkle cream.
Cotton Gloves and Cotton Socks. One night per week it is beneficial to put lotion on hands and feet and cover with cotton gloves and socks overnight. In the morning remove and reapply lotion or cream for the day.
Natural remedies for softening hands
Natural ingredients such as oatmeal, honey, banana and avocado make a moisturizing hand mask to soften skin. Mash a banana or avocado with a little milk and honey. Spread a small amount over the backs of the hands and let sit for 10 minutes and wash off with warm water. Apply a moisturizing cream afterwards.